West Virginia Mountain Classic Professional Review and Guide
"Climbing and winding its way through some of the highest and best preserved country east of the Mississippi River, this ride is an outdoor adventure for the conditioned cyclist looking for a challenge. This ride begins in one of the east's top mountain biking and downhill skiing towns before crossing one of West Virginia's highest peaks and continuing through a wilderness area, a national forest, a state forest, and state park.
Along the way, riders will pass the birthplace of author Pearl S. Buck and the small country towns of Hillsboro, Seebert, Huntersville, and Edray. And given the area's 7,000-feet elevation, even summer riding is filled with cool breezes, low humidity, and relatively few biting insects. Terrain: this is a very difficult ride. It is for conditioned and experienced cyclists. A good deal of endurance is needed to conquer its many climbs, and fine-tuned handling skills are a must to safely navigate its quick downhill runs. Mountain Challenge riders should also possess basic repair skills to handle mechanical problems along isolated sections."